Consuming enough calories is important to maintain overall health. Calories are a measure of the energy in food that the body needs to perform its daily functions. Not eating enough calories can lead to various health problems such as muscle loss, fatigue, headaches and even malnutrition.
It is important to understand that caloric needs vary from individual to individual and are based on a number of factors including age, gender, height, weight and activity level. To help us understand whether we are eating enough or not, nutritionist Namami Agarwal lists the signs of not eating enough.
According to experts, signs of not eating enough are:
1. Frequent feeling of hunger
They can cause hormonal changes that increase feelings of hunger to compensate for inadequate calorie and nutrient intake.
2. Hair loss
Not getting enough calories, protein, and certain vitamins and minerals can cause hair loss.
3. Disturbed sleep
Insufficient sleep has been linked to sleep deprivation. This includes taking longer to fall asleep and spending more time in deep sleep.
4. Low power levels
Eating too few calories can lead to fatigue due to not having enough energy to exercise or perform activities beyond basic activities.
Prolonged low-calorie and restrictive diets are associated with irritability and impulsivity.
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By following certain tips and lifestyle changes, you can avoid undereating. To make sure you’re eating enough calories, here are several tips that can help.
- Tracking your calorie intake is an effective way to ensure you don’t go below the recommended limit. Use apps or online calculators to determine your calorie needs and track what you eat.
- Meal planning helps ensure you consume the required amount of calories. Plan your meals ahead of time by choosing healthy and nutritious food options.
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals helps ensure you’re eating enough calories and allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
- Nutrient-dense foods provide high amounts of calories and vitamins and minerals that are essential for health.
- Consult with a nutritionist or nutritionist to determine your calorie needs based on your body type and activity level. They can also help you create a diet plan to meet your calorie needs.
Not eating enough calories can lead to many health problems and even weight gain. Follow a balanced diet and consult with a professional to consume the right amount of calories to maintain health.
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